Earldom of Scarbrough
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Earl of Scarbrough COA.svg
Arms of Lumley, Earl of Scarbrough: Argent, a fesse gules between three parrots vert collared of the second
Creation date15 April 1690[1]
Created byWilliam III
PeeragePeerage of England
First holderRichard Lumley, 2nd Viscount Lumley
Present holderRichard Lumley, 13th Earl of Scarbrough
Heir presumptiveHon. Thomas Henry Lumley
Remainder toHeirs male of the first earl's body lawfully begotten
Subsidiary titlesViscount Lumley
Baron Lumley
Seat(s)Sandbeck Park
Lumley Castle
Former seat(s)Tickhill Castle
MottoMurus aeneus conscientia sana ("A sound conscience is a wall of brass")[2]

Earl of Scarbrough is a title in the Peerage of England. It was created in 1690 for Richard Lumley, 2nd Viscount Lumley. He is best remembered as one of the Immortal Seven who invited William of Orange to invade England and depose his father-in-law James II. Lumley had already been created Baron Lumley, of Lumley Castle in the County of Durham, in 1681, and Viscount Lumley, of Lumley Castle in the County of Durham, in 1689. These titles are also in the Peerage of England. The title of Viscount Lumley, of Waterford, was created in the Peerage of Ireland in 1628 for his grandfather Sir Richard Lumley, who later fought as a Royalist in the Civil War.[3]

Lord Scarbrough was succeeded by his eldest son, the second Earl. He represented East Grinstead and Arundel in the House of Commons and served as Lord Lieutenant of Northumberland. His younger brother, the third Earl, sat as Member of Parliament for Arundel and Lincolnshire. In 1723 he assumed by Royal licence the additional surname of Saunderson, upon inheriting the estates of his cousin James Saunderson, 1st Earl Castleton. His son, the fourth Earl, served as Cofferer of the Household, as Deputy Earl Marshal of England and as Joint Vice-Treasurer of Ireland. Lord Scarbrough married Barbara Savile, sister and heiress of Sir George Savile, 8th Baronet. The latter bequeathed his substantial properties in Yorkshire and Nottinghamshire to his nephew the Hon. Richard Lumley, younger son of Lord and Lady Scarbrough.

Scarbrough was succeeded by his eldest son, the fifth Earl. He represented Lincoln in Parliament. On his death the titles passed to his younger brother the aforementioned the Hon. Richard Lumley, the sixth Earl. He also sat as Member of Parliament for Lincoln. He was succeeded by his younger brother, the seventh Earl. He assumed the surname of Savile by Act of Parliament in 1797 in accordance with the will of his uncle Sir George Savile and inherited the Savile estates on his brother's death. Lord Scarbrough was a clergyman. His son, the eighth Earl, represented Nottinghamshire and Nottinghamshire North in the House of Commons and served as Lord Lieutenant of Nottinghamshire. In 1836, he assumed by Royal licence the additional and principal surname of Savile.[4]

The eighth earl had several illegitimate children (see below) but never married. He was succeeded by his first cousin once removed, the ninth Earl. He was the grandson of the Hon. Frederick Lumley, fifth son of the fourth Earl. His son, the tenth Earl, was a soldier and also served as Lord Lieutenant of the West Riding of Yorkshire. He was succeeded by his nephew, the eleventh Earl. He was the son of Brigadier General the Hon. Osbert Lumley, younger son of the ninth Earl. Lord Scarbrough represented Kingston upon Hull East and York in Parliament and served as Governor of Bombay. His son, the twelfth Earl, was Lord Lieutenant of South Yorkshire. As of 2017 the titles are held by the latter's eldest son, the thirteenth Earl, who succeeded in 2004.[3]

John Lumley-Savile, illegitimate son of the eighth Earl, was a prominent diplomat and was created Baron Savile in 1888.

The town in the North Riding of Yorkshire from which the title of the earldom is derived is now spelt Scarborough.

The family seat is Sandbeck Park near Rotherham, Yorkshire. The historic family seat is Lumley Castle, which is still owned by the earl, but is now a hotel.[5][6]

Viscounts Lumley (1628)

Earls of Scarbrough (1690)

The heir presumptive is the present holder's brother the Hon. Thomas Henry Lumley (b. 1980).

See also


  1. ^ a b c d Fox-Davies, Arthur Charles (1895). Armorial Families: A Complete Peerage, Baronetage, and Knightage. Jack. p. 880. Retrieved 15 September 2016.
  2. ^ A Hand-book of Mottoes Borne by the Nobility, Gentry, Cities, Public Companies, &c. Bell and Daldy. 1860. p. 122. Retrieved 15 September 2016.
  3. ^ a b "Obituary: The Earl of Scarbrough". The Daily Telegraph. 17 April 2004. Retrieved 16 September 2016.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i Debrett, John (1847). Debrett's Genealogical Peerage of Great Britain and Ireland. William Pickering. p. 670. Retrieved 15 September 2016.
  5. ^ "Lumley Castle near Chester-le-Street placed on market with price tag of £6m". The Northern Echo. 3 June 2015. Retrieved 16 September 2016.
  6. ^ "Original and Bess". The Northern Echo. 13 December 2011. Retrieved 16 September 2016.[permanent dead link]